The debate around charges for unlisted numbers began around privacy rights for survivors of the crime of domestic violence. Telstra has now announced that it will drop unlisted numbers fees for this group, although most other telecommunications providers charge up to $48 per year for the service.

The Society is pleased that the Committee is taking a broader approach to who should receive a fee exemption. We believe that all telecommunications companies should be prohibited from charging fees for any unlisted number.

One’s home telephone number is private information, and the fact that this number is linked to a particular person’s name is information belonging to the individual, not to the telecommunications company.